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excelsior

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noun ex·cel·si·or \ik-ˈsel-sē-ər, -ȯr\

Definition of excelsior

  1. :  fine curled wood shavings used especially for packing fragile items



Origin of excelsior

trade name, from Latin, higher, comparative of excelsus high, from past participle of excellere


First Known Use: 1868


excelsior

foreign term ex·cel·si·or \ik-ˈsel-sē-ər, eks-ˈkel-sē-ˌȯr\

Definition of excelsior

    :  still higher —motto of New York


Origin of excelsior

Latin


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